06 October 2013 @ 02:03 pm
Originally posted by ariestess at The Friday Five for 4 October 2013...

  1. When did you/your family get your first computer?

  2. I believe it was 1984.
  3. What type of computer was it?

  4. My dad worked at IBM and brought home an Portable PC.
  5. What were your favorite things to do on your first computer?

  6. I played Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on it with my mom, and I loved Facemaker. (It didn't look like the screenshot in that article; the PC's colors were amber and black only.)
  7. When did you/your family first connect to the Internet?

  8. 1992 or '93, I think? I first used the Internet to do research for my French class.
  9. How did you spend time online when you first connected?(sic)

  10. Research for class, and messing around on Yahoo. Also my totally sweet Geocities page.
02 September 2012 @ 12:10 pm
Hi, everybody!

1. Have you ever left the country you live in and where?
A couple of times, but I didn't go very far. When I was seven, my parents took me on a cruise to the Bahamas. I had fun, but I think I'd enjoy it more as an adult. And a few years ago, I went to Toronto to visit some friends.

2. What countries would you visit if time and money were not problems?
England. Wales. Scotland. Ireland. Germany. Japan. Tibet, which I guess is more of a region than a country, depending on whom you ask. And anywhere else anyone wants to suggest I go.

3. Out of all the foreign food you've tried, which is your favorite and why?
It turns out I really like Indian and Thai food. They're flavorful and spicy and hard to find around here.

4. Can you name all 7 continents?
Yes. I learned that in elementary school.

5. Which continent are you least likely to ever want to see and why?
Antarctica, because it's friggin' COLD. But I'd still go, for science.
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16 January 2012 @ 07:49 pm
Sad news, LiveJournal friends.

Our sweet black kitty, Darth Vader, died last weekend, January 7.

He'd not been feeling too great. We figured he had a little cold, as smooshfaces are prone to get. But he got constipated, so we took him to the vet. The vet said he had a bit of a fever and was dehydrated. He said he could perform a procedure to unblock him - I won't go into the icky details - so we said OK, and left Vader there overnight.

Well, we and the vet's office think that Vader was an old man - much older than his paperwork from the shelter said. The sedative/anesthetic seems to have aggravated an existing kidney problem. His kidneys failed, and he died in the night.

My husband and I are sad, of course. But it turns out that we're much happier that we got to know him than we are sad that he's gone, if that makes sense. He was a bloody awesome cat: great with people, affectionate, with a purr that never stopped. When I think about him, instead of crying, I think, "Damn, what an awesome cat."

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12 November 2011 @ 11:06 am

1. Do you prefer to play games on a console or PC?
Console. My ex kept trying to convince me that PC gaming was better for some reason, but I would have none of it. With a console, you don't have to worry about whether your game will be compatible with your system, and you don't have to remember which buttons on the keyboard do what. A console controller works better with my muscle memory.

2. What is your all-time favourite game? (No answer too embarrassing)
I had THE BEST time playing Knights of the Old Republic for the first time. It was the very first video game I ever beat all by myself, and I still have a warm fuzzy place in my heart for it. For replayability, though,

However, I also have to mention Dragon Age: Origins for its replayability, huge world, tons of choices, great characters, etc., etc. I'd also like to give a shout-out to Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights, both of which I did play on the PC. :)

3. Which game has been the most disappointing?
KotOR 2. The gameplay was great, but it wasn't FINISHED. The plot made very little sense. I have always said that I would be willing - just once, mind you - to pay money for a completed version of the game.

4. Are there any upcoming games that you're excited to try?
I bought Skyrim for my husband for our anniversary. I'm letting him have the first crack at it, but it looks AMAZING.

5. If you could design a computer game, what kind would it be (platform, racing, shoot-out, etc.) and what would it be about?
I've heard Kevin Smith say that he makes the kind of movies he wants to watch, and lately I've been trying to think of what kinds of movies I'd like to see, books I'd like to read, and games I'd like to play. Bioware definitely makes the kind of games I want to play, and I'm finding it really difficult to improve on what they've done.

It would definitely be an RPG, and it would be either sci-fi with strong elements of magic, or fantasy with strong elements of sci-fi. Either way, it would have gorgeous graphics, great characters, and more conversation possibilities than there are with current games. There are always (reasonable, relevant) questions that I want to ask NPCs, that aren't actual dialog options and sometimes I'm thinking, "WAIT, it would really help if I could ask about...!" I think I'd first have to design a really complicated AI to get what I want.

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04 June 2011 @ 06:53 pm
I made these super awesome, ecstatically delicious chocolate cookies today. Recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens' Biggest Book of Cookies.

Makes: about 36 cookies
Oven: 350F

1 12-oz. package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp. butter
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts (I left these out)

1. Grease a large cookie sheet; set aside. In a medium heave saucepan heat 1 cup of the chocolate pieces, the unsweetened chocolate, and butter until melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, and baking powder. Beat with a wooden spoon until combined, scraping sides of pan occasionally. Stir in remaining 1 cup chocolate pieces and nuts. (Yes, that was all Step 1. I didn't write the recipe.)

2. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and surfaces are dull and crackled. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

My notes: The cookies will actually still be a bit shiny; just stick a toothpick in one, and if it comes out clean, the cookies are done. Also, the cookie sheets I have are darker, so I set the oven temperature to 325 and baked the cookies for 10 minutes, and they are perfect.

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15 May 2011 @ 01:06 pm
(x-posted to LJ community trashy_eats)

Four words: Daily's Ready to Drink. Scroll down to "Frozen Pouches."

"You rip open the top and pour a slushy cocktail, created by America’s premier cocktail experts…into your glass, or right into your mouth."

Walmart had an elaborate display for these things, a sort of tiki bar with a bunch of coolers containing the goods. My husband and I picked out one pouch each of Strawberry Daiquiri and Peach Daiquiri. We started by drinking straight from the pouch, because we're classy like that. They were sort of like alcoholic ice pops or frozen Arbor Mist. They got hard to drink/eat out of the pouch after they thawed a little, so we ended up pouring them into glasses.

While the Strawberry actually has strawberry in it, the Peach has no peaches whatsoever (pear concentrate instead), but that didn't keep it from being pretty damn good for a cheap drink. I wish these had existed when I was in college. I would have taken them to parties, one for each hand.

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29 April 2011 @ 01:05 pm
I put this off for a while trying to decide if I wanted to start with a really interesting, well written entry, or with the most boring entry I could think of. On one hand, I am a pretty good writer, and I wanted to reflect that right away. On the other hand, if I started with a thoughtful entry, my readers might expect such writing every single time. And if I started with a really boring entry, it could only get more interesting, right? In the end, I decided to post this, just to start writing, and let you take it how you want. Self, welcome to Dreamwidth.

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12 March 2011 @ 08:34 pm
So I pre-ordered Dragon Age II, which came out on Tuesday - and it didn't even ship until WEDNESDAY, and it won't be here until MONDAY. I'm really disappointed that I didn't get to start it this weekend, since it's my three-day weekend. (I have a pretty sweet schedule at work. I work every third Saturday, and every Friday after the Saturday, I get the day off... so three-day weekend every three weeks!)

I played the demo, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. One one hand, I didn't really like the frame-story format. I felt pulled out of the story every time the dude started talking again. It's like everything's happend already, and I'm just playing a giant cut scene. On the other hand, BioWare's always treated me well... so we'll see.

In other news, I packed five boxes today, and now I'm cleaning all the alcoholic beverages out of the refrigerator. Rum + Dr. Pepper FTW.
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11 March 2011 @ 04:17 pm
Hey y'all.

I've been thinking about updating for quite some time, but every time I start, I think "... well, this isn't very interesting." Well, fuck it. The best way to get into writing is to write, so here it is.

broodingfool and I are getting ready to move in two weeks. Right now we're still in my one-bedroom apartment... with four cats. It's cozy. A co-worker referred me to a neighbor of hers who is moving to Ohio for his job and can't/doesn't want to sell his house. So we got a sweet deal on this place. It's in a nice quiet neighborhood filled with cat ladies. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, all new kitchen appliances. My favorite is the stove, which is one of those ones with the smooth ceramic top. SO EASY TO CLEAN. OMG. Washer and dryer are also included. The best part is that he doesn't mind the kitties. No pet deposit, no hassle whatsoever. ROCK.

We've had a kitty-cold outbreak here. Vader got the sniffles and got better, then Hal got the sniffles and poor Beast got a full-blown cold. He was all sleepy and sniffly for the last few days. We had to switch him to stinky wet food while he recovered, because he couldn't smell anything else. Hal loves to drive everyone crazy, but he was kind enough to take Beast off his "hit list" while he was sick. We know that Beast is feeling better because a) he's eating kibble again, and b) Hal is fucking with him.

Mystra didn't get the cold at all because she stays the hell away from the other three.

I got The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for Christmas, and just got around to reading it a couple of weeks ago. It is SO GOOD. I mean, I was impressed with Elantris and the last two Wheel of Time books, but to see his "mature" writing in his own epic fantasy book was just fantastic. My favorite thing about Sanderson's writing is the surprises and plot twists, successful not through omission of key facts, but of very careful and creative misdirection. It's all there - it just... points somewhere else. And the world of The Way of Kings is so different, but familiar, but alien. The environment, with rock instead of dirt and grass, and highstorms, is definitely its own character.

Now I'm reading Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, a kids' book by Sanderson. I'm not too far into it yet, but I'm totally hooked.
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