Feb. 4th, 2010 09:34 am
misshepeshu: (Default)
Happy birthday to meeee.

Who has an iPod Touch, thanks to her friggin' awesome boyfriend? WHY I DO.

I now have the electronic equivalent of a scarab beetle (it's small and sleek and adorable and ridiculously shiny, eee!), except a scarab beetle can't play me my entire catalog of MP3s if I stick a headphone jack up its ass and mash my thumb on its carapace. Also, my iPod is ∞% less likely to roll poop around on the floor.1 YEAH TAKE THAT STUPID SCARAB BEETLES.

(holy crap I'm smitten)

OK, seriously, scarab beetles are cool. I <3 them. I didn't mean it, beetles! I was kidding. You're totally awesome. I mean, look at this fine Onthophagus lanista specimen. Doesn't it look like a miniature triceratops? How cool do these guys look, trundling around with their massive horns? HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THESE THINGS I ASK YOU.

Speaking of dinosauric things, I've named the iPod "Awesomesaurus Rex," but I don't know that it's the best name for it, given that it was a heat-of-the-moment thing. It kind of goes along with the "Give my electronic things silly names with vaguely ominous overtones" theme I have going on (my desktop = Pimpzilla, my first laptop = TANK!2 and my current laptop = Hello Chthulhu), but I'm still pondering the perfect name for it. I briefly considered naming it Onthophagus, but it just doesn't roll off the tongue. Probably because I have no idea how to pronounce it. (If I knew Latin, I might name it "The flattest and shiniest Onthophagus"? Maybe "My Onthophagus is totally better than your Onthophagus"? Though that'd probably run afoul of character limits. Hey Kate, what would those phrases be in Latin? Or I guess I could just go for filth and name it "Pedicabo ego vos"--which kind of goes along with the "I'm constantly jamming crap up this thing's butt to make it go" theme.3)

Anyway, other suggestions welcome! And then probably promptly discarded because I'm all "Nooooo, I must be special and come up with the name all by myself." Or actually, probably not. I am in a whimsical mood! It's probably lack of sleep and burgeoning panic over my A paper!

Hooray, irrational attachment to shiny objects. That's right, Siddharta, you know where you can stick that whole revelation about attachment to worldly things. It's my birthday! I'll be irrationally attached if I want to!4

EDITED TO ADD: So a certain pedant has pointed out that "Onthophagus" is GREEK, not Latin. Psh. Don't care. Still want a ridiculous Latin (OR GREEK) name for my ridiculous new shiny thing. Preferably with buttsex references.

1 'Cause that's Callisto's job. I love kittens but I've forgotten what a pain in the ass they can be fwargh.

2 It's a Cowboy Bebop reference.

3 You know it likes it. It literally can't live without it!

4 The rational self-interested pursuit of things we are irrationally attached to is the major basis for our economy, you guys. By getting this iPod, Robert and I are totally stimulating the economy, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
misshepeshu: (Dance!)

Also, check out how sultry and smart Sarah sounds. (I mostly sound dorky as all hell, but hey, that's why they pay me the big bucks, I guess. To sound dorky. Right. Ahem.) Anyway, Sarah on the radio = ROWR.

Sorry to everyone I've already spammed this to via e-mail and Twitter, but my moment of gloating and glee MUST CONTINUE.
misshepeshu: (Nerds are Hot)
I composed a haiku.

In bastardized Middle English.

In tribute to one of my favorite romance novels.


(Even if you won't necessarily get it because you haven't read For My Lady's Heart, but whatevs.)
misshepeshu: (Bork bork bork)
Jess and I entered a pie contest today, run by the fine bakers at Mission Pie. It was awesome wacky funtimes. I made my standby Best Blueberry Pie Ever (recipe below, of course), and Jess made a really interesting experimental tart that included:

- Crème fraîche custard
- Halved figs
- Mascarpone cheese sweetened with honey dolloped on top of said figs
- Thin slivers of prosciutto on top of the mascarpone cheese

It was quite delicious, but some of the taste combinations jarred a little, and Jess is going to tweak it until it's perfect.

We ultimately had enough leftover pie filling, pie crust and topping to make three miniature tarts, so we decided to enter the big blueberry pie and one of the experimental tartlets in the contest.

Mission Pie was MAD CROWDED when we got there, y'all. 27 pies went toe-to-toe (crust-to-filling?) in a battle for ultimate pie superiority, and many more people were there to sample the deliciousness.

I'm too tired right now to go into the technicolor details, but suffice it to say that Jess and I tasted some damn tasty (as well as a some fairly mediocre) pie, and after all the honorable mentions were given...my pie won the best filling award, even if it didn't win best overall pie. Hot damn! The prize was a red boa--not the feathery kind, but the wispy feathery kind. Anyway, I win I win I win I don't lose I WIN!

Render unto Caesar that which is DELICIOUS and PHOTOGRAPHED! )

And now: the recipe! )

I'm now pondering the Ultimate Fruit Tart of Ultimate Destiny, which I'll hopefully be making when I get back to Portland. It'll contain:

- Tart crust (we learned today that my pie crust recipe also makes a fantastic tart crust)
- Mascarpone-honey filling as the base
- Fruit topping consisting of peaches, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, cooked with cornstarch and sugar

All of this will then be chilled and served cool with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream.

All hail my masterbakery!
misshepeshu: (Special guy)
Holy shit, you guys, my partner and I just won best appellate brief! I guess the two of us made the best arguments for, y'know, allowing the government to waterboard terrorists in a ticking bomb scenario. Hahahahaha.

But yay! My brief advocating an utterly repellent legal stance that I don't remotely believe in was the prettiest of all the pretty ponies. I win!

(By the way, thanks for loaning me your copy of Torture and Democracy and staying up late that one night talking to me about torture issues, [livejournal.com profile] lusid2029. <3!)

Also: I'm done with finals. AHHHHHHHHHH DONE WITH FINALS AHHHHHHHHHHHH. I did horribly--and I mean HORRIBLY--in civil procedure. As for the other exams: I don't know. I really don't. I'm pretty sure I'm getting some sort of B variant for most of them, and some kind of C for Civ Pro. The Criminal Procedure final today, in particular, made me think "Wow, I don't see how it was possible to outshine the others in any way." This is an improvement on the conviction I had last semester that I was going to flunk out. Wooo.

And now: working like a motherfucker on the book. Holy shit! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
misshepeshu: (Dance!)

Also 30 years old. (1e in hex. Can't wait to turn 20!)

Who wants to kiss a 30-year-old Chinese woman? I know YOU do!

I already received two pretty awesome presents. Talia gave me a nifty new haircut last night, and Ben gave me an obnoxiously pink "Talk Nerdy To Me" T-shirt. Eeee!

When I have more energy and time, I'll plan something awesome. I was thinking of a LOVE BURNS themed anti-Valentine's/belated birthday party, scheduled two weekends from now. All foods have to be put through some kind of flame, or still be on fire upon serving. Flambe, bananas foster, creme brulee, grilled meats and veggies. And I'll call it...OH MY GOD IT FEELS LIKE BURNING (Which Is What Your Mom Said To Me Last Night). What do you guys think?


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