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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Tew's Day! 
28th-Jul-2009 07:27 am
Ugh, hard time staying asleep last night - combination of too-warm room and auction excitement. Today's a nap day.

The auctions are over, and the winners have been notified.

Total raised before auction: $1,781.26
Total raised via auction: $1,960.49
Grand total so far: $3,741.75.


That's a new record. *dances*

Apparently you can still sponsor me through Friday. In past years it's been Tuesday, but Blogathon.org says Friday this year. And remember, you can sponsor me now and pay o your Friday paycheck!


If we get up to $5,000, I will do... something awesome. I don't know what. I'll think of something.

As for incentives, I'll e-mail the stories and do the drawing this upcoming weekend, once sponsoring has closed. :)

Life with 'song and Elayna
Elayna comes home from her friend's house with a bag of Girl Scout cookie sales incentives: "I got a pony!"
Me: "You got a pony? I want a pony!"
Elayna, smugly: "You didn't sell Girl Scout cookies."
Me: "Oh yes I did."
Elayna: "Oh. Yeah, you did. Here. You can have the pony."

Asked her if she was sure; she said yeah, to her it's just Yet Another Stuffed Animal. And she still has the shirt, the patch, the bag, the bracelet kit, etc.

My daughter gave me a pony!

This morning, she came down muttering, "I have the police song from Pirates of Penzance in my head, and all I know of it is the 'taran-tara'!"
Adam: "All I know is "Modern Major-General."
Me: *sings the first line*
Elayna: "How did you do that?!?"
Me: "...what?"
Elayna: "Sing it so fast!"
Me: "Well, that's the way it goes!"

I ended up singing the whole thing for her. She boggled. I was amused. Oh hai. Mama can has enunciation.

Link Soup
* An open letter to the SF community re: the Ellison/Bradford incident. Read it. Sign it. I did.
* Curious about the incident itself? Here. :)
* Fantastic post about internalized racism.
* Poem of the day.
* Half-off sale on Finder vol. 1! Trust me. You want this.
* rosefox has some excellent preliminary-planning lists up at readercon; she seems to really be turning the place around. Pop over there and give her your thoughts!
* Exploding water balloons!

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Electronic tattoo display runs on blood.
* Researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon are developing programmable matter: material consisting of tiny machines that can be reconfigured into many different shapes.
* Food dye ‘may help cure spinal injuries but will turn patients blue’.

I have a day to myself! I get writing time! Also date night tonight. :) For now, I go for a walk before it heats up too much.
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28th-Jul-2009 01:33 pm (UTC) - Ya know....
That's a real good summation of that song....

28th-Jul-2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Ooo, a chance to use my Marcus icon! For no real reason whatsoever!
28th-Jul-2009 12:48 pm (UTC) - When the foeman bares his steel...
When I was in college (back when mainframes walked the Net), I worked props for a production of Pirates.

I attended so many rehearsals, I could probably sing the whole thing from memory. :)

(After the show, I requested the pirate flag they used as a souvenir... it hung in my dorm room for the rest of my college tenure :D )
28th-Jul-2009 01:33 pm (UTC) - Clears Throat
Climbing over rocky mountains, skipping rivulets and fountains, passing where the wi -i- llow quiiiiiiiiiiivers

Passing where the willows quivers, by the ever rolling river, ......

cut to Maybell *

Pooor Wondering One, though thou hast surely strayed, take heart of grace, thy steps retrace, poor, wondering o-o-o-ne.

I have been in 3 separate productions of Pirates... There's even a video somehwere....
28th-Jul-2009 01:34 pm (UTC) - Ohhhhhh totally forgot
They guy I fequent for Karaoke, has Modern Major General!
28th-Jul-2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to Finder. It looks really good... however the mailing cost shows up on the paypal screen at nearly $20. That's more than the cost of the book at discount, and half again the cost of the book at its regular price, and I just cannot make myself pay the USPS $20 for a book that's not temperature sensitive, perishable, or made entirely of Waterford crystal.

I really wish I could support this artist though. The story looks fantastic.
28th-Jul-2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Holy cripes, blood powered electronic tattoos! I'd, like, totally get one, but a ninja can't afford to have her arm-phone suddenly ringing during a mission. It's bad for the sneakiness part.
28th-Jul-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Set it to vibrate, of course.

Also useful for shaking margueritas....
28th-Jul-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
But what if my arm-phone vibrates whilst I throw shuriken?

On the other hand, if I developed the skillset correctly, I could use the added vibration to throw shuriken with machine-gun-like speed.

The margueritas I'll grant you--most useful after missions!
28th-Jul-2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Assuming you are ambishurikenous, that could easily be a problem, yes.

OTOH, it does simplify the whole "vibroblade" concept...
28th-Jul-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
You finally got a pony!!! :D
28th-Jul-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yes! From my daughter, yet!
28th-Jul-2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love it when parents one up a child! And the older the child the better it gets.

Many congratulations on your major accomplishments this blogathon, and I'm thrilled to be reading that you are feeling so much better. Hugs :)
28th-Jul-2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
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