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1st-Feb-2010 07:38 am
Happy birthday to idonotlikepeas and time_shark!

Hello to new reader fionn1799!

Wiped. This is one of those days when I wish I was still unemployed so I could go back to bed. But I will soldier on!

A Question
What are your rules? I'll give mine later today, when I'm more awake.

Yes, this is really early warning. But. People who make stuff! Want to contribute to my blogathon for BARCC (again)? Trying to think of a fresh theme/idea. Stuff inspired by My Empire for Ashes? Or something else? Dunno. Open to ideas.

This year, all items must be sent to me first, and I'll send the to the winners. Deadline is early July, but you can start sending stuff as early as now.

Link Soup
* Million Writers Award, reader nominations. "The Angel of Fremont Street" is eligible.
* Awesome deconstruction of Dracula.
* Victorian butt plugs.
* Some secrets about art cars.
* Smiling dog!

Daily Science
WHEN, in 2001, the human genome was sequenced for the first time, we were confronted by several surprises. One was the sheer lack of genes: where we had anticipated perhaps 100,000 there were actually as few as 20,000. A bigger surprise came from analysis of the genetic sequences, which revealed that these genes made up a mere 1.5 per cent of the genome. This is dwarfed by DNA deriving from viruses, which amounts to roughly 9 per cent.

Work, where I have quite specific goals to accomplish today. And home, where I have cleaning and editing and lots of other stuff to do, probably after a nap. Can stop by to help fiddle_dragon if she needs help, too, but home has to happen at some point today, because I am behind on everything.

My Week, Projected
Tuesday: work + BARCC tabling at Bunker Hill, writing time at Diesel, goofing-off time at Diesel, date with Mark.
Wednesday: Work + probably helping fiddle_dragon + night at home.
Thursday: Work + writing time + Scotch tasting with Adam.
Friday: Work + writing time + possible tabling.
Weekend: Girl Scout cookie sales, tabling, friend's party.

Read: Utterly booked, even for lunches, because I don't have as much writing time as I want to this week, and lunch out takes it all away for any given day. I have a bunch of writing projects to get off my desk, and that needs to be high-priority right now so I can jump into Cicatrix.
1st-Feb-2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Depending on what kind of rules you are referring to, but when it comes to dealing with people/relationships/one-to-one interaction, it's...

1. Respect - How do you want to be treated?
2. Honor - And be mindful of people's boundaries.
3. Integrity - Be honest, be truthful.
4. Clean up your own mess.
5. Be honest, be truthful with me: I know, it's a repeat - but to me, honesty and truthfulness are important.

Edited at 2010-02-01 01:29 pm (UTC)
1st-Feb-2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Do you mean rules like no cats on the kitchen counter or rules like don't run off with another woman? (Why, yes, I am still carping on that, why do you ask?)
1st-Feb-2010 01:52 pm (UTC) - What are your rules?
1) never pull the mask off the Lone Ranger.

2) Find something nice to say about everybody.

3) Fight for your ideas.

4) Love what you do.

5) Keep writing no matter how bad the ideas are. You'll come up with something good.

6) Surround yourself with people who have faith in your mad skills. These are the people who want you to make it.

7) Have a little faith that people will do the right thing.

8) If you love something set it free. he'll always love

9) If he doesn't come back, find out where he lives and sign them up for the haid club for men junk mail.

10) Do what you love.

Some of these are just bad swipes at humor, but pick the ones you like and live by them.
1st-Feb-2010 02:07 pm (UTC) - Re: What are your rules?
1) never pull the mask off the Lone Ranger.

Reminds of something I once heard in a Peter David column: what would be the big deal about tugging on Superman's cape? The most he'd do is say "You shouldn't do that, son. Besides, shouldn't you be at school?" It's Batman's cape you don't want to tug on! Batman's nuck 'n' futz*!

* Fairly obscure Peter David reference there. This makes me smile.
1st-Feb-2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Rules for life is kinda one of those things I mull on fairly frequently, so far I have these:
journal entry here which is more an analysis.

From which I derived [in part]:
Simon's Rules for Life
Rule #0
People are all equally different. Each person is unique and should be treated as such.
But everyone has some points in common with anyone

Rule #1
Trust has it's limits. Trust no-one closer than just beyond their ability to cause you harm.
Trust usually breeds trust. Betrayal always breeds betrayal.
You get what you give, and give what you get.

Rule #2
Words are weapons. Watch what you say and be sure of your aim.
Do not let your words be turned against you.
Choose wisely, or choose silence.

Rule #3
Respect can only be earned with time and effort, but it can be lost in an instant.
Forgive if deserved, but never forget.

Rule #4
Smart people can do stupid things, this does not make them stupid.
Stupid people can sometimes do smart things, this does not make them smart either.

Rule #5
When you're smarter than most people, the world is mostly full of people dumber than you.
Strive to compensate and tolerate this.

Rule #6
Life doesn't make logical sense, trying to make it just gives you a headache.
Nothing is ever simple or pure. Plan accordingly, leave nothing to chance.
Deal with it.

Rule #7
Everything is subject to re-examination and if necessary revision.
Make no unnecessary changes though, if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Rule #8
Nobody really knows everything about anything.
Everybody bluffs. Some more, some less.

Rule #9
Friends are people who'll help & trust you because they like you.
Not because they're obligated to, or because they owe you.
The same applies in reverse.

Rule #10
People don't hear what you think you said, they hear what they think you said.
Nobody sees the world as it is, everyone sees the world as they think it is.
[Including you.]

Rule #11
People don't always walk the talk, judge them by deeds not words.
Everybody deserves at least one chance to prove themselves.

Rule #12
Always know what you want and what you need... and what the difference between those are.

Rule #13
It ain't over until it's over. [and sometimes not even then!]

I]. Not everyone uses the same rules.
II]. There are always exceptions to every rule.
III] This list is not comprehensive.

and just for giggles:
Articles of Internet Piracy.

Article 0:
Any Person has;
Equal title to those fresh warez, or strong torrents as may be found,
and use of them at Pleasure. They must be paid for as can be afforded,
unless a Scarcity make it necessary to obtain them for free.

Article 1:
Every Person must obey civil usage:
For every torrent downloaded, seed at least 1:2 ratio.
Unless your ISP throttles your bandwidth, then seed after you've d/l'ed by 1:1.

Article 2:
Only d/l what you can't afford to see/hear otherwise.
Support the artists as much as you can, if you cannot pay them,
do not keep them a secret but spread the word and encourage others to
buy their work.

Article 3:
Any person who poisons a torrent, or finds and does not report
a poisoned torrent, deserves to be shunned.

Article 4:
Any person, that betrays another pirate to
the authorities or his ISP, shall suffer whatever
punishment as /b/ deems fit to dish out.

Derived from the original Blackbeard's articles of piracy.
1st-Feb-2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Three Threes

1. Cheap, Fast, Good (Pick Two) This applies to all forms of project management.

2. Time, Space, Money (Pick Two) This applies to most forms project implementation, personal organization, and Star Trek (where money is simply another form of energy).

3. F=mA, You can't push with a rope, and all the rest is magic. This is here to cover everything else.
1st-Feb-2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Ha, might bump into you Tuesday at Diesel, then, I'm thinking of dropping by after climbing.

Rules... you know, writing down my rules is not for right now. Later, maybe.
1st-Feb-2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Around when? Want to make sure I'm there on time/stick around...
1st-Feb-2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
Not until 8 or 8:15, unfortunately. Though I'll be climbing first, which is always fun!
1st-Feb-2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
1. Know your own limits & handle them with grace.
a. When you've hit the wall, take a deep breath and work on extricating yourself such that you neither rip someone a new one nor have a messy little breakdown in public. (Why yes, I sometimes hit the wall suddenly and hard.)
b. If you know that a particular situation is likely to lead to bad behavior on your part, don't go there. Maybe you're in a crappy mood & know that drinking will lead you to being a loud & obnoxious drunk? Well... perhaps you should skip the booze, particularly if it's an office function. Know that reading someone's blog drives you to seething fury? Skip it.

2. Be honest but temper your honesty.
"Just being honest" is one of the most distructive concepts I've seen. Honesty doesn't mean venting your spleen at every opportunity, or, verbally kicking your husband over something you're upset over when he clearly already feels awful over it. Don't be dishonest about your wants, needs, & feelings, just consider carefully what you really need to say & when.

3. Trust but verify.

4. Most people deserve a second chance.
a. You don't have to be the one to give it to them.
b. It could be twenty years before they get it.
c. Trust and grudges should be in proportion to actions.
1st-Feb-2010 04:17 pm (UTC) - re: Victorian linkage
Curses! I just spent an hour looking through all 77 pages of bicycles, Victorian porn and lolcats... LOL
1st-Feb-2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I have a rules post... somewhere in a decade of LJ posts:
1. Thou shall not be tacky.
2. Belief leads to reality. Use care about what you believe in.
3. Its how you recover from failure that proves your worth.
4. Don't stick your dick in crazy.
5. Do good and it comes back... so does evil.
6. Don't attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity.
7. 90% of worry is pointless, the other 10% can't be changed by worrying about it.
8. Grow every day, or die, these are the only choices.
9. It is not wrong to say no, but with those you love it can be damn difficult to do.
10. Do something regularly for others, something you don't get paid to do.
1st-Feb-2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
Fremont Street nominated.
1st-Feb-2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Keen! Thank you!
1st-Feb-2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I'm half of the way though Walking on Water... gee, words don't well for this work, but if you were around you'd get a very deep hug. Is it possible to be protective and proud of author's you've only met on-line? Guess so...
1st-Feb-2010 07:47 pm (UTC) - My husband on the subject of Victorian butt plugs
"They accomplish for the invalid what nature does daily for the healthy individual" - fuck them in the ass?

Edited at 2010-02-01 07:47 pm (UTC)
1st-Feb-2010 08:18 pm (UTC) - Re: My husband on the subject of Victorian butt plugs
LMAO I liked this, from the same site:

1st-Feb-2010 08:21 pm (UTC) - Re: My husband on the subject of Victorian butt plugs
I saw that! LOL
1st-Feb-2010 08:11 pm (UTC) - everything I needed to know, I learned from pop culture
So far, my rules are simple:
1. Be excellent to each other.
2. Party on, dude.
3. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
4. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
5. Life is short. Not original, I'll grant you, but it's true. You know? Why waste
time being all shy and worrying about some guy, and if he's gonna laugh at you. Seize the moment, 'cause tomorrow you might be dead.
6. You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
7. Never leave a blowtorch next to an octopus tank.
8. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
9. Never invoke Murphy's Law by stating that "at least ___ didn't happen" or that "as long as ___ we'll be fine."
10. Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

and bonus...
When someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"!
2nd-Feb-2010 12:55 am (UTC) - Re: everything I needed to know, I learned from pop culture
That reminds me, I really do need to carpe my diem a bit more often.
2nd-Feb-2010 12:52 am (UTC)
I liked that genetics article so much I am going to talk about it/hand it out in my biology class later in the semester when we get to DNA/genetics. Thanks!
2nd-Feb-2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Yes, there will be something by me - don't know whether it will be a tambourine or crocheted - but yes.

Also - count me in as a support person this year. I will *not* be blogging for anything this year.
2nd-Feb-2010 03:51 am (UTC)
From my college days:
1. Don't die.
2. Internal organs are to remain internal (unless keeping them would violate rule 1)
3. Don't do things to send yourself to the ER
4. A list of people not to take drinking tips from.
5. Always use protection.
6. No babies.
3rd-Feb-2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
1. Life cannot suck all the time. If it does, change something. Sometimes the thing that has to change is your own attitude/outlook on what is suck*.

2. You are responsible for your own birth control... don't expect anyone else to help. Get on something that is entirely under your control. (They _may_ help, but if there is a "slip"... _they_ may also leave. Barring death, leaving is not an option for a woman.)

3. Read, (and VERY preferably) understand, everything you sign. ALWAYS.

4. If, within a few months of meeting you, someone tells you they're not good for you--believe them.

5. Things work out as they should. This does NOT mean that the way they work out won't suck.

6. Don't write shit down. Seriously. Unless you are willing to back what you say unto terror of death, don't put proof in writing unless you desire there to be proof in writing.

*AKA "Embrace the suckage."
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