Whee!

Feb. 4th, 2010 09:34 am
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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: (Behold the Kitty!)
The Offer: Dudes, I have a spare ticket to the UTTERLY AMAZING Decemberists/Andrew Bird/Blind Pilot show, because I bought the ticket and forgot I'm going to be in Washington D.C. this week. GARRRRRRRRRR. So much bitterness! Three of my favorite bands of all time, playing in ONE SHOW. And I'm missing it. To add salt to the wound, [livejournal.com profile] katealaurel is going, and it was going to be a beautiful commie bonding moment for us before she heads to parts unknown. GARRRRRRRRR. Anyway, you can have the ticket for what I paid for it, which is $46. E-mail me and let me know if you're interested.

The request: [livejournal.com profile] spelunkingplato found a couple of wee kittens dumped at her doorstep just a couple of days ago, and the poor mites are adorable as all hell. They're also small, thin and laden with an upper respiratory infection--which isn't serious, but is infectious to other cats (it's essentially the kitty flu, caused by either the calicivirus or herpesvirus). The problem is, [livejournal.com profile] spelunkingplato is moving in a couple days, and is moving in with somebody who's allergic to cats--and she's going to be leaving on a couple different trips out of town. She's called shelters, but hasn't been able to find anyone who'll take them who won't be likely to euthanize them (which isn't surprising--this is smack dab in the middle of Kitten and Puppy Season), and she's posted on Craigslist and various LJ communities. So a couple different things:

1. Ideally, if you are in the Portland area and can afford to foster the kittens for a few weeks (or, hell, a few days at this point would be good so [livejournal.com profile] spelunkingplato can catch her breath and figure something out), could you please take them in? (I'd do it, except I'm going to be out of town, too, and I really really really don't have the room at the moment.)

2. The kittens need vet attention, and are generally in need of Things What Cost Money like food, litter and toys. If you can't foster, can you chip in a little bit? The people involved in this impromptu rescue effort are either students or recent grads or employed in professions that don't pay super-well, and I figured that if we could muster up a couple bucks each from various friends, we can take care of all the kittens' needs without placing too much of the burden on [livejournal.com profile] spelunkingplato or her friend who's currently fostering them for a couple days. ([livejournal.com profile] spelunkingplato has been too gracious to ask for monetary help, but I'm pretty much shameless, especially when it comes to kitten rescue.)

Anyway, feel free to e-mail me, or comment on [livejournal.com profile] spelunkingplato's LJ if you're able to offer anything--even if it's just encouraging words and advice on kittens.
misshepeshu: (Special guy)
OK, kids. I have finally succumbed to the dark side. I am now using coffee to help keep me awake on a regular basis. It used to be that I'd use it maybe once a week, so paying $4 for a 16-oz. mocha from Coffee Time or the Pharmacy Cafe wasn't really an issue. However, I've spent about $15 in coffee this week alone, and it's only going to get worse as finals near. This is an expense I can't afford. So I need advice, O Friendslist! Namely: What in the hell do I need to do to brew my own coffee? I need equipment, don't I? Also, decent coffee? What are your recommendations? I'm po', but I also don't want to get something completely ghetto, so something that balances "not tasting like unwashed ass" with "she will have about $50 left in her bank account at the end of the academic year" would be grrreat.

Note: So far, mochas are about as hardcore as I get, and I have plenty of chocolate syrup I can use for this purpose. I know it's a species of espresso, but I don't have (and don't plan to get) an espresso machine, so I'll probably make coffee the old-fashioned way (whatever the fuck THAT means) and dump a buncha milk, chocolate syrup and sugar into it.

Anyway, I know crap-all, and I don't quite have enough time to properly research this on my own. HALP PLZ.
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Hey, anybody know where one can purchase liquid nitrogen in Portland? I'm thinking of bringing some to Burning Man and making a fuckton of liquid nitrogen ice-cream on the playa for sharing.

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