bliumchik: (nothing sus)
So anyway, I have clearly not kept up with my good intentions of updating lots. I should really stop waiting for my life to calm down to do stuff like this - all signs point to not any time soon, so I may as well figure out how to work around ALL THE THINGS for blogging. I have been keeping up on reading blogs, but not really commenting - sorry guys, I'm always either feeling like I have nothing relevant to say, like you've forgotten who I am since I haven't updated in so long, or like it would be awkward to comment because the post is two or three days old in the time it took me to read it. But I am reading! I have reverted to lurkerdom. Sorry :( I'm going to try to both post and comment a bit more, but we know how that has turned out in the past :P

I'm writing this first bit chilling at a dinner party on someone else's laptop while I wait for stuff to happen. By stuff I mean food. Since the last entry I have had a fairly solid block of social life and work.

rock and roll! )

tattoos! )

parties! )

extremely nerdy pursuits! )

work! and dashing about madly! and more work! ...and then moar social life, this time more sedate )

So yes, that was A LOT OF THINGS. I have conveniently split them into sections using The Magic Of Cuts (although it will be of most utility to DW users on their reading page or anyone browsing [personal profile] bliumchik, because of Dreamwidth's handy little triangle cut thing). It has been a fun week, but I am also glad now that the weekend is appearing sedate. There was a party on Friday as well, but I had to babysit, so instead of flailing at people on a beach I played scrabble with a sevenyearold. And I lost, because I kept telling him what words to use. It's just really frustrating to play against someone who keeps putting down "at" :P

I'm just gloriously lazing around my room and immersing my brain in the internet, while outside my window my new neighbours yell incoherently and splash about in a kiddie pool with all their housewarming guests.

SO, PEOPLE WHO INEXPLICABLY STILL READ MY BLOG: if you have gotten this far, or even if you have skipped all of the random anecdotes, Answer Me These Questions Three!

1. I am submitting a sample Advice Column to my student magazine, hoping to write a monthly one this year! Give me sample questions to answer in it. They can be serious or humorous, preferably some mix between the two - you can post them screened if you like. LET ME ADVISE YOOOOOUUU MOOHOOHAHAHahem.

2. Who wants to volunteer at Armageddon Sydney? I'm not sure if it's too late or not, but the form is still up on their website... I'm thinking of applying but obviously it's more fun with friends!

3. What hilarious horrifying yet realistic tattoo shall I tell my dad I'm thinking of getting before revealing my comparatively classier one so that he doesn't freak out about it? (nothing will stop my mum from freaking out :P)
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: THIS IS NOT SPARTA. I AM LOST. (scenic detour!)
Today I googled myself and made the SHOCKING DISCOVERY that I am not the only Captain Oblivious on the internet! The more well-known one is Rob McDonagh, who doesn't sound all that oblivious to me! *pouts*

This makes me sad. I liked that nickname. I even made an urban dictionary entry for it. And the whole reason I googled it was because [personal profile] frostickle claimed I was contagious :P so I decided he would be my sidekick, Awkward Lad.


Anyway, the upshot of all that is I need a new Internet Moniker. Suggestions?
bliumchik: Jared Padalecki's thinkyface (deep thought)
So the other day I was thinking about that whole SF/F racism kerfuffle again (people who are sick of it feel free to skip this post) and about trying to unpack some of my own unconscious issues. (I would like to note before I start that I am not holding my hand out for Nice White Lady Cookies here, seeing as people have been accused of that throughout and often rightly so. I'm just trying to verbalise this for myself and guess it might be food for thought for somebody else too.) cut for rambling )
bliumchik: (fight the system)
Yup, I really need to stop staying up till four in the morning and then deciding to make LJ posts about ~politics. Because... I... didn't quite get to the politics *looks sheepish* So please consider the meander of my last post Vaguely Related Things I Have Been Thinking About. Because I was actually thinking about the island thing for some time before RaceFail 09 was brought to my attention, and it's not really fair to have my one post on the topic taken over by my own tl;dr hypothesizing. Nevertheless I like it as a frame of reference and will continue to wikihop on the topic of empire prior to the British one to see if my theory has any sway. I know the Ottoman empire had a habit of putting somebody local in charge of their conquered lands, so that the only thing that changed was where the taxes were going, which reduced civil unrest. Is there anybody history-minded on my flist, d'you know if there has been anything on the scale of British colonisation at any other point in history? Um anyway, [/end ramble]

The actual kerfuffle: I have been reading further! (SO MUCH further. IT IS SO HUGE, OH MY GOD) I have found one of the most erudite and sensible people in the melee is [ profile] tablesaw - among other things this was pretty damn awesome. (Considered friending her but I don't think we actually have anything more specific in common than I Like The Sci Fi and would thus feel like a stalker) (...more like a stalker than usual). However I have obtained an extra blog to the bookmarks list with Mary Anne Mohanraj guest posting on John Scalzi's blog - her books look interesting too! If there is one thing I have gained from this whole thing aside from red eyes and a vague discomfort with my own reactions to certain things it is the many additions to my amazon wishlist!

My conclusion on the actual events... is totally irrelevant, I don't really have anything new to say there. Speaking of John Scalzi, there is a guy who knows how to say "oops, my bad" - some people could learn from that. This really did not need to get this fucking big, seriously. Seriously!

(however that is not why I am up so late on THIS night, this one is all down to faily procrastination issues. I did manage to get one thing done, which was for a marketing internship - they asked all the shortlist folks to sign up to their networking site and post an article about entrepreneurship or something. I uh, sort of ended up going on a tl;dr rant about networking sites which may or may not have been the BEST idea depending on their meta tolerance but I am trusting in my leet wordsmithy skillz to blow them away. ...I really hope I won't wake up tomorrow and discover THIS was something I shouldn't have done at four in the morning EITHER lol. IT ALWAYS SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME, DAMMIT.)

Anyway I shall finish this post on a more awesome note. [ profile] villainny's post about [ profile] 50books_poc reminded me of Janelle Monae again (the reason I keep forgetting is I CAN'T FIND HER MUSIC ANYWHEEEERE) ;_; so have an amazing sciffy music video that I don't remember if I've posted before and don't care if I have because it is awesome.

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Good afternoon livejournal! How goes it with you? The weather here continues scorching. I have a small temporary tattoo of a bat on my hand. My dad and I went to the Kingsford market to buy me jeans and left as usual with half a dozen other things!

The Kingsford Sunday markets are totally awesome for clothes and completely random stuff (also, fruit!) as I shall now demonstrate. We did of course buy the jeans (after arguing over measurements for a bit - why must everything be so laaaarge) from a friendly Russian lady who upon realising we had only found two pairs that could possibly fit me on the rack began to empty out the sacks into which she had been packing away the jeans at the end of the day. We eventually found some nice black ones, yay. Then as my dad paid I wandered across the aisle to the guy who'd apparently bought a bunch of ancient PC games in bulk and was now selling them for $2 apiece. They were really really old. He joked that he ought to just buy a bunch of old computers with Windows 95 on them and sell those with a hundred games each, for people who wanted to play stuff that was obsolete on Vista. Then he looked sort of wistful and mumbled that nobody had that many old computers to sell him. I bought a game called Plague (from 1996!) in which you have to perform virtual neurosurgery on the victims of a bizarre virus, which manifests as a crumbling Roman villa that you have to fix while killing monsters. Also from 1996: CyberJudas! (the word Cyber was in fashion back then.) You play the president of what is described as the most powerful nation in the world so I assume it is meant to be futuristic!america, the world is on the brink of chaos and there is a traitor in your cabinet! I shall try these out and report back whether they a) work on XP and b) are fun and/or as hilarious as they sound.

After that we had a wander around the market, looking at the stalls full of stuff we had absolutely no justification for buying but which was indubitably awesome. These included a set of napkin-holders which were adoooorable black ceramic/mosaic-y owls with big eyes, a camera-holder from 1920 which looked wonderfully Steampunk and another which looked a bit less awesome but contained an actual 1950s camera (obviously nonfunctional) with all these random knobs and dials. Also on the steampunk front one of the watchsellers had fob watches on chains! Not old ones, though, "authentic-looking" ones. The stall with the old camera box also had a bunch of other old things, including for some reason a riding crop.

Along the way a couple of skirts caught my eye as well, a $3 denim one with hilarious patches on the back made to look like it used to have back pockets but somebody ripped them off, and a long white one with really pretty bright red designs along the bottom. I was a bit skeptical about that one because white skirts don't really work on me, but I was seduced by the possibility of putting something over it, perhaps in navy blue if I want to look particularly Russian, or... anyway we shall see. And I bought a $3 CD as well, because the cover looked cool and I figured it wouldn't be too much of a waste if the band turned out not to be good. This principle is how I discovered Matchbook Romance, and so far The Chaperones sound pretty cool. To the internet! ...okay it is NOT these guys. Aha, here we go. Of course that just leads back to their myspace, but then there's this. I sort of agree with the guy that they need a bass player :P but they're not bad. Just try and google your potential band names before you settle on'em, eh kids? 1960's Doo Wop groups presumably not being among this lot's influences.

Whee, cheap things. Now off to some sort of BBQ thing!
bliumchik: Item: trebuchet. Item: zombie. Sound effect: braaAAAAaains. Zombie Badminton: priceless.  (zombieminton)
So [ profile] drjon posted a (really, really creepy) video in which Russian soldiers in a helicopter film in infrared another soldier trying to escape some speedy ~zombies (zombies don't run, also don't have heat signatures) before coming to a gruesome end. I was intrigued, largely from sheer empathy for the gasping, retching soldier behind the camera that had to be restrained - that's some excellent acting going there.

Anyway, I thought I'd check out the website at the end of the clip,, and see if there was more where that came from, but as far as I could tell it was just a Russian virus protection advice site. Then I went to the site linked in the youtube userinfo but it was just a bunch of bright colours and some writing in Spanish or Portuguese, possibly relating to fashion. I flailed at Stan a bit on msn and he turned up two alternate youtube posts. The first suggested viral marketing for 28 Months Later on the basis of rumour that at least part of the movie will be set in Russia. The second first argued that it was actually viral marketing for the upcoming STALKER game, claiming that "the video was posted on all STALKER fan sites and on Youtube by ManMadeHell (whose nickname is STALKER's marketing slogan)" before returning with a definite denial of STALKER links from Oleg Yavosrkiy. (A quick google of turned up a bunch of messageboards, one of which suggested that it was in fact viral marketing for a Russian online security company. I sense a common theme.)

Then I googled ManMadeHell and found a profile and a bunch of posts on a Russian STALKER-related messageboard, which upon closer inspection turned out not to be Russian - the characters are Cyrillic but I don't understand most of the words. It's not close enough to Russian to be Ukrainian - I suspected Yugoslavian considering SiroDra mentioned a previous iteration of the video that claimed to belong to Yugoslavian police, but the user that posted that version does not appear to be related to the original poster. Then I had the bright idea to click Google's translate function and it turned out to be Bulgarian. THEN I noticed that the account was created this year and the videos posted last year, so that was a dead end. The only other ManMadeHell I could find was an empty Deviantart account and a whole bunch of general non-gaming references to Chernobyl. Oh, and what appears to be the original account on Youtube, which is now empty as well.

So, in conclusion: all signs point to STALKER except for that little one where the STALKER guys claim it's not theirs. Either Oleg is lying, or it's an independent contribution, which seems unlikely as the contributor hasn't stuck around to claim any credit, or it really is a 28 Months Later stunt and they are just really bad at it.


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