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I'm getting seriously annoyed by the problems we've been having with our internet lately. It cuts out every few minutes, just for a few seconds, usually, but still enough to annoy the shit out of me. We actually had someone come and supposedly fix the problem last week, and it was fine for a couple of days, but then it started cutting out again.
Either they didn't manage to fix the problem when they were here, or our house and the land surrounding it were built on top of an ancient robot burial ground and our cable is possessed by robot ghosts.
I'm hoping it's the second one, because robot ghosts.

Also, my subconscious has been giving me a bunch of really epic Avengers crossover dreams lately (this is probably a sign I should stop reading the comics/re-watching the movie/reading fanfic, and yet...). Like, a couple months ago, I had an Avengers/Portal crossover dream, where everyone had a portal version of their weapon of choice (or in Bruce Banner's case, a pair of giant portal hulk fists XD). Then I had a dream that took the form of a multi-part episode of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!. With the theme song and credits in between and everything. And in the same animation style as the show. And then an Avengers/Fringe crossover. I haven't watched an episode of Fringe in months, what is this? Is my brain distracting me while it plots a hostile takeover of my body or something? Because if so...well-played, brain. Well-played.

I'm just waiting for the inevitable Jeeves & Wooster crossover dream.
I am feeling: tiredtired
The Nerdy Rat
31 October 2012 @ 11:15 am

...Man, I haven't posted in awhile. Apparently I've been too busy. Y'know. Not having a life.

Anyway, Rin, her dad and I went to Oakland Cemetery on Friday (we also went on a Cemetery Walk there a couple weeks ago). The picture above is of the Black Angel, a (locally) famous monument in the cemetery. There's a couple different local legends about it, but the one I heard the most growing up was that if you touched the Black Angel and you weren't a virgin, you'd die in a year. Also, it was supposedly originally white, but turned black over the years because the woman buried under the angel didn't like the statue. (But it's a bronze statue, so obviously that one's not true XD.) In any case, it's an interesting monument, and Oakland Cemetery is a really nice old (well, old for Iowa) cemetery.

I don't have any plans for Halloween, other than handing out candy/goodie bags (my mom likes to make bags with pencils and candy and some little cheap plastic Halloween toy in them to hand out) and marathoning horror movies. Should be fun.
I am feeling: sleepysleepy
The Nerdy Rat
07 August 2012 @ 10:10 am
So guess who I'm going to see in 10 days?


In other news, I've been pet-sitting for a friend since The 29th, while staying at her place, and I'm very ready to go home. It's not that I don't like the animals, because the cat is awesome when he's not attempting to chew through my achilles tendon, and the dog is awesome when she's not whining in my face to be let out at 3AM...I would just very much like to sleep in a bed that's not half-filled with animals, and spend some time alone instead of having a dog follow me everywhere I go (seriously, the only alone time I get is when I'm in the bathroom/shower, and even then she tries to follow me in). I get to go home on Friday, though, so...that's good.

Aside from pet-sitting duties, I've been spending a lot of time on Tumblr. Like way, way too much time. And I somehow ended up reading Iron Man/Captain America slash. I'm still not sure how that happened.
I am feeling: excitedexcited
The Nerdy Rat
05 June 2012 @ 02:10 pm

Iggy, June 10, 2009 - June 2, 2012

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I am feeling: blankblank
The Nerdy Rat
29 March 2012 @ 11:55 am
So our internet service got suspended on Tuesday night, for illegal downloading. Fortunately, this was only our second warning (the first was a sternly worded letter a couple years ago), so it got turned back on again less than 24 hours later, but...agh. I am so reliant on having internet access every second of every day, it's annoying to suddenly not have it, and even more so when it's because your brother downloaded something he shouldn't have. Oh well. (Actually, we didn't even know that our service had been suspended until my dad called our ISP to see if we had a service outage, because our connection had been so shitty all day anyway, we just figured it had finally gone down. And there was actually a service outage in our area at the same time, so...thanks, ISP, for cutting off our service when it wasn't working anyway, I guess? XD)

Other than that, not much has been going on. I've been watching a lot of gameplay footage on YouTube, mostly of survival horror games (because I'm too much of a chicken to play them myself XD). Rin and I made these ridiculous Japanese mini donuts that she got from one of the asian markets around here. They were pretty disgusting, but the strawberry icing was delicious, and they looked cute, I guess XD. And, uh...that's about it. Such an exciting life I lead.
I am feeling: tiredtired
Background noise: "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan
The Nerdy Rat
16 February 2012 @ 08:32 am
There's an axiom on the internets which is known as 'Poe's Law' which states, basically, that when it comes to religious fundamentalism, it's very difficult to distinguish between parodies and real people with really stupid beliefs.
I mention this because an organization called the American Life League has put out an "informational" video on Planned Parenthood and their "conspiracy" to get children addicted to sex. And it is mind-bogglingly, brain-liquifyingly stupid. It is also not a parody, as much as I might wish it was. So watch it at your peril (Also, this video is NOT WORK SAFE because it contains pictures of vagina macaroons (no seriously!) among other less delicious (or perhaps more delicious, depending on your point of view) things.)

I just...I can't...what? First of all, most of the things they seem to find objectionable are just materials for teaching basic anatomy. I mean, heaven forbid children know what those things between their legs are and what they do. Clearly we should be teaching them that even thinking about doing anything with their genitals before they're married (to someone of the opposite sex) is filthy and wrong and something to be ashamed of. That won't fuck them up for life or anything.

Second of all: Yes, teens (not just teen girls, btw) are contracting more STDs because of Planned Parenthood telling them it's okay to have sex, and certainly not because you lot have shamed them so much that they're afraid to admit to anyone that they're sexually active and might need some condoms.

I'm not even going to address the supposed "conspiracy" involving Planned Parenthood in this video, because frankly, it's too stupid to warrant comment, even from someone with as much time on their hands as me.

My "favorite" part of the video is when the host/narrator/whatever complains about a video that--are you ready for this?--tells you where the clitoris is! HORRORS! I'm clutching my pearls just thinking about it, really.
I am feeling: groggygroggy
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The Nerdy Rat
06 February 2012 @ 09:28 am

...So this ^ has pretty much been my year so far.
Well, that and looking at historical fashion Tumblrs (I'm kind of obsessed with Edwardian fashion now...is that weird?), and browsing the online collections of various museums.

I had this really weird dream last night involving Sherlock...where I was talking to Sherlock (or Benedict Cumberbatch...I'm not quite sure) for some reason, and then I think someone else said that I wasn't very attractive, and Sherlock protested that I was...and then I think he broke into a song about it. Yeah. And then it turned out that he was only saying that I was attractive because he needed my blood for an experiment. STORY OF MY LIFE XD. I blame Rin for sending me THIS last night.

Speaking of Rin, we're hopefully going to go see The Woman In Black tonight. We're going to one of the late showings, hoping that we can get the theater all to ourselves like we did when we went to see The Devil Inside last month XD. We ended up commenting loudly throughout pretty much the entire movie. It was awesome.

And...I was going to post pictures of my Christmas cookies (Yes, I realize it's February XD), but LJ is being difficult and won't let me post them, even though it just let me post a picture at the top of this entry. WHATEVER, LJ.

ETA: To fix that Deviantart link. Apparently if I access a deviation through my favorites it's now impossible to link to it. WHATEVER, DA.
I am feeling: artisticartistic
Background noise: Animal Cops Houston
The Nerdy Rat
22 December 2011 @ 01:45 pm
My family hasn't really gotten into Christmas this year. We just got the tree up yesterday, my brother and I finally got the lights and garland on it this morning...I have no idea where the box of ornaments is. I'm not really expecting any presents this year, because the car decided to overheat and break down in Chicago, and it's going to cost $900 to fix, and we were already strapped for cash...so that's not helping. (I wouldn't actually care too much, but I really need the jeans that I asked for...my favorite pair ripped in a totally irreparable way a few weeks ago, and I need some pants that actually fit me!)

So this morning, after my brother and I finished garlanding the tree, I decided that I was going to make Christmas cookies. I was doing fine until I was almost finished. I needed to wash the measuring cup I was using so I could crack the eggs into it. And somewhere between setting down the measuring spoons and rinsing off the measuring cup, I lost the recipe card. I literally have no idea where it went. I looked behind and underneath everything on that counter. I checked the floor, under the stove, under the fridge...but I still didn't find it. It is now almost 2 hours later, and I still have no idea where it is. Fortunately, I only had two more ingredients to put in at that point, and I knew how many eggs I needed. I did have to guess about the amount of sugar, but I'm pretty sure I got it at least in the general vicinity of where it was supposed to be. Um...hopefully. The dough tasted normal, anyway.

I guess I'll find out in a few minutes when I start making the actual cookies.

(Also, holy crap, I haven't posted in almost two months D=. I blame the fangirl part of my brain (which is, let's face it, quite a large portion of said organ), which insisted that I rewatch the entirety of Deep Space Nine. Without skipping around to watch all the episodes with Garak in them. Which I haven't. Mostly.)
Background noise: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Nerdy Rat
31 October 2011 @ 03:02 pm

lol, this literally took less than half-an-hour to finish, so please excuse the crappiness. I just felt like this post needed a picture.

Halloween is usually my favorite holiday. in fact, October is my favorite month because of Halloween (and the horror movies they show on TV every day because of Halloween). But I haven't really been feeling it this year. Being sick for half the month probably had something to do with that. BUT, thanks to some random church in Alabama who left a pamphlet under our doormat yesterday (or some person who ordered a tract from their website, I guess), I'm finally getting into the Halloween spirit! If only to be contrary to these bigoted idiots.
I'm sure you can guess the contents of the pamphlet for yourselves. 'Halloween is descended from the Celtic festival of Samhain, where they practiced human sacrifice and had sex with their mothers and sisters' 'Witches claim they don't worship Satan, but we obviously know what they believe better than they do!' 'Witches recruit little girls through witch Halloween costumes!' 'Owls are secretly witches!' That kind of stuff.
My favorite bit, though, is the section about how Halloween has furthered THE GAY AGENDA™:
"...Halloween's "best kept secret" is its romantic love affair with homosexuals. Halloween was the golden key that unlocked the homosexual's closet of perversion. Halloween's spirit of inversion, bestowed the homosexuals one utopian night to publicly flaunt their decadence and perversion."

The "closet of perversion" line makes me laugh every time I read it.
Another "highlight":
"Halloween is the soul winner's dream. Rather than going to a wicked rock concert, or Mardi Gras, or a parade to witness - on Halloween they come to you! On Halloween lost children (and parents!) come to your door for a treat! Give them a real treat - the gospel of Jesus Christ! As you hand them some candy, give them a tract.

Then just sit back and wait for your house to be egged! Also lol at 'wicked rock concert'. What is this, the 1950's?
At least this pamphlet doesn't contain the phrase "Jesus Ween". But that's really the only good thing that can be said about it.
Anyway, I plan to spend the rest of the day watching the goriest, most horrific horror movies I can find! (Excluding Human Centipede, because I refuse to watch that movie. It's bad enough knowing what it's about,)
So thanks, anonymous pamphlet-leaver! You've given me a reason to celebrate.

(Also, my computer hasn't restarted itself for a couple of days, and the only problem it has now is that it's really sluggish about running games, even ones that aren't particularly graphics intensive, like Audiosurf. So...yay? Kind of.)

ETA: Lol, I had no idea that the actor who played Garak on DS9 was in Hellraiser.
I am feeling: amusedamused
The Nerdy Rat
27 October 2011 @ 11:19 am
So, the last month hasn't been great. Dash died, which really depressed me for a long time (I still occasionally get the feeling that I need to go check on him), I caught the flu, spent a week feeling exhausted and shitty, then another week feeling slightly less exhausted and shitty, and then I caught a cold, and have spent the last few days feeling more exhausted and shitty than ever. I know it's just a cold, but it has really taken me out of of commission. I'm better today, obviously, but now there's a new problem.
Everything in the house is going to shit at once.
No, Seriously. We just had to have a new furnace and air conditioner installed, and a new water heater. Then the microwave died. Then my parents' computer. Then their TV. And now, my computer won't start, and makes horrible noises if I try.*
Frankly, I blame ghosts.
Okay, not really.
But it's seriously, seriously annoying. The microwave is the only reason I actually eat during the day. Heating things up on the stovetop can only lead to disaster and misery for me. I'm probably not getting a new computer (or whatever part the old one might need) anytime soon, what with all the other things that need replacing. Augh.

On the plus (?) side, my little brother got himself a girlfriend~. I just met her for the first time last night. She seems nice, and she didn't seem to hate Iggy (which is honestly the most important test of character for me XD), so I guess I approve.

Also on the plus side, my mom got to quit the job where her boss treated her like crap, and went around to all her coworkers and told them that my mom hated them all (WTF?), for a new job, where she'll hopefully be treated better.

ETA: I finally got my computer to start up. It took forever, though. And it still randomly restarts itself unexpectedly.

*I'm typing this on my brother's laptop. Which is also sort of broken, but still usable.
I am feeling: sicksick
Background noise: Animal Cops Philadelphia