mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Boing)
I'm feeling a bit more energetic these days. Light and energy. )

Gardening, fencing and asphalt. )

Paperwork. Blech. And also the prospect of selling books. )

So that's about it for now. I have other thoughts about time and procrastination and time management, but they're all still pretty rough, and not ready to be written down.

I'm feeling pretty optimistic about summer. Maybe it's the extra sunlight, maybe not, but I'm not complaining. I'm looking forward to the warmer weather and to getting outside more.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (A Little Help From My Friends)

Hola folks!

Quick question for my local people. My sight-seeing skills are rusty, and I have a friend visiting from out of town for a few days.

Where are the cool places I can take a fellow geek who likes art & history and interesting places that no one's heard of? I'm talking Montreal's best-kept secrets, here.

Anyone have suggestions?

Bueller? ;)

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mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Smudge)
Does anyone local know someone in need of a cat?

Poor Smudge is not adjusting well to the dog.

Worse, the dog is not adjusting to Smudge either. The dog got into the spare room tonight where Smudge has been camping out, lunged up onto the furniture after him and tried to bite him. Or eat him, I honestly can't tell. He literally had his jaws around poor Smudge by the time I managed to intervene, and I nearly broke my finger getting them apart.

Since Sergent is here to stay and is fine with the other two cats, I think I need to re-home Smudge in a nice, calm place where there are no other cats or pets of any kind. He's a sweet, affectionate cat with people—it's just other animals he doesn't get along with. He hasn't had any behavioural issues in years: he always uses the litter box (even the whole time the dog was stressing him out, no less!), and cuddles with me and purrs whenever I go into the room.

As much as it breaks my heart, I think he would do better in a single cat household. Right now I feel like he's being punished for something that's not his fault or his doing.

Anyone in the area looking for a cat? Or do you know someone looking for a cat? If you do, point them my way, please. Smudge deserves a better life than the one he has now.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (A Little Help From My Friends)
Does anyone know of good books and/or resources that would explain the technical aspects of the preservation and, more importantly, the restoration of art works? More specifically paintings, but I am not especially picky about the medium if it comes down to it.

I am trying to write a story and realized that my plot kind of hinges on my understanding the ins and outs of how to restore paintings, which I emphatically do not. In fact, this is so far out of my league I don't even know where to start. /o\

Halp? Anyone? Bueller?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Lifetime)
Between all my moves, I've lost my copies of the Incarnate world/rules/notes, and in a fit of nostalgia (and Other Secret Reasons™ ;)) I wanted to go look through all of it again. I know it was online for a while, but I'm pretty sure [livejournal.com profile] forthright must have taken it down by now.

Does anyone still have a copy somewhere? Pretty please? I am perfectly willing to offer bribes. ;)
mousme: The face of a green woman forest deity against a black background (Green Woman)
For some reason, I can't seem to find any information about whether or not there will be a seed exchange next year, and if there is one, where and when it will be held.

Montrealers, any idea? Bueller?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Sleeping Dogs)
So I'm thinking of getting a space heater. This place doesn't heat all that efficiently, and the thermostat in the kitchen appears to have permanently given up the ghost.

Any recommendations from local folks? Horror stories of what to avoid?

Thanks! :)
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (All Cylons)
Hey, flist!

Can anyone help me with this? I got an external hard drive in January, and it started malfunctioning in February. Then I got sidetracked for a while, and yesterday when I plugged it in... nothing happened.

The thing itself is working. The blue light goes on when I plug it in (although it doesn't flash the way it did when it was "connecting" before), and I can hear it whirring away in there.

So at this point I'm willing to call the HD itself a loss and replace it, but I would ideally like to recover the nearly 50GB of stuff I have on there, which took a lot of time and trouble to accumulate.

Is this feasible? How would I do that when I can't get it to connect to my computer?

Halp!
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Not A Song)
Okay, so if you're anything like me, there is at least ONE song out there that, if it doesn't make you cry, it at least makes you a little misty-eyed.

Mine is Leonard Cohen's beautiful adaptation of Garcia Lorca's poem, "Litte Viennese Waltz." It makes me think of rainy days in Paris, of hiding in dusty attics, of losing myself in my father's old books, and the nostalgia just about breaks my heart.

(Okay, there are others, because I am a SAPPY WUSS, but this is the one that never fails.)

"Take This Waltz"




Okay, flist. Your turn. Spill. What song tugs at your heartstrings?

Help?

Nov. 30th, 2009 01:25 pm
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Nuke 'Em From Orbit)
Hey, can anyone tell me how to do those fake LJ cuts? The ones that are actually sneakily a link to something else?

:::ETA:::

I think I got it. Thanks anyway!
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Crash and Burn)
'Cause I'm at work and bored.

Fanfiction. Discuss. Every angle welcome.

As usual, no flaming, no ad hominem arguments, etc. Basic courtesy applies, and don't be a jackass. Arguing in bad faith is discouraged, but not forbidden.


Aaaaaand... GO!

:::ETA:::

I was asked for clarification. So:

Why write fanfiction at all?

What makes fanfiction a valid form of expression (or not)?

What role do you think fanfiction plays in fandom?

Should an author have a say in what happens to their work once it's released to the public?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (White People)
Okay, flist, I need your help.

I know that some of you are runners and/or work out regularly. I am going to cave and get myself an iPod (a Shuffle), because running on the treadmill is so excruciatingly boring that I often contemplate committing hara kiri with my water bottle in an effort to end the agony.

That being said, I have very little by way of digital music, at least not in mp3 format, because I have up until now listened almost exclusively to CDs (ever since I had to give up my beloved cassettes and vinyl records). I also have very little that would serve as good work-out music. The stuff I listen to is either too mellow, or doesn't have the right kind of beat to it.

In short, I need recommendations for mp3s that I can load onto my iPod so as to make my workouts less mind-numbingly boring.

Suggestions? Please?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (We are the Universe)
Okay, inquiring minds want to know. Inspired by a post by [livejournal.com profile] bodhifox, I have been thinking about what my role is in life, what my "title" would be. I can't think of one for myself. I am not Writer or Artist or Engineer or Mother or anything like that. I've never asked anyone else who or what they think I am (I think I'm a little afraid of what they might answer).

What about y'all?

[Poll #1474904]
mousme: Two open books, one lying on top of the other at an angle (Books)
Okay, I realized at WorldCon that I am Teh Ignorant. So much good stuff out there. Novels and such I can find on my own, I'm pretty sure. Short fiction? Not so much.

What's out there in terms of good magazines and good anthologies? Offhand I can think of two: OnSpec and Azimove.

Tell me what else I should be reading/subscribing to in terms of good S.F. PLEASE.

(Also, I miss the Nebula Book Club. One of my regrets concerning my current job. No time for book clubs anymore. *sigh*)

Help?

Jul. 20th, 2009 11:11 am
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Um...)
So a couple of years ago (I think) someone posted a really really funny review of CSI in their LJ. I think it may have been [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina, but I may be remembering wrong. These things have been known to happen.

Mostly what I remember is the phrase: "Whoosh! Science happens!"

Can anyone point me in the right direction? I was telling someone about this and would like to be able to quote the thing more accurately. :)
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Ahem)
Umm, hello?

No one replied to my last post asking about birthdays. Does this mean that no one born in July wants a birthday card?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Skillet)
Dear flist,

As part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project, I am trying to broaden my cooking horizons. So for the next three months, the plan is to cook a "new" and "exotic" dish every week.

I could always go hunt down recipes on the internet, but I find that my experience is always best when I get recommendations from my friends.

So, dear flist, do you have any fun/new/exciting recipes that I could try? My regular culinary experience is North American/French Canadian, with occasional forays into cooking with curry and various stir-fries. What can you suggest that will make me break out of my culinary rut? (Dish names are good, and bonus points if you can provide the actual recipe)

:::cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] recipe_trade:::
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Damn Straight)
Is it your birthday in the coming month? Would you like a card or a note?

If so, let me know and don't forget to give me your address. Some people last month waved frantically at me for correspondence and never provided an address. If you are in any doubt that I might not have yours, you must give it to me. :)

Kids with birthdays will be given priority over adults (so let me know if your tadpoles like cards), but last month I pretty much managed everyone, so I'm not too worried.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Zombies)
Okay, this has never actually happened to me before, but I've been stuck on what to call my zombie novel for nearly three years now. The inestimable [livejournal.com profile] toughlovemuse came up with two brilliant titles ("Afternoon Snack of the Living Dead" and "Crisse, des zombies! (Zombie Crisis!)") which are sadly too tongue-in-cheek for the tone the book eventually developed.

So, those of you who've read it, any suggestions? If you haven't read it, you can read the majority of the first draft here, although it has changed a fair bit since I first published it.

(I will not be offended if you don't read it, no worries.)

Help?

:::ETA:::

Okay, people. Maybe I wasn't explicit enough. THE TITLE MUST NOT BE FLIPPANT. That is precisely what I am trying to avoid.

Let's try again.

[Poll #1415809]
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (A Little Help From My Friends)
Dear flist,

This is Phnee admitting (another) major shortcoming. I would like to learn to use an accounting ledger properly, so that I can set up a proper paper-based accounting system for my home. I want to stay on top of my finances better than I currently am.

I am happy to barter for an hour of someone's time (I don't think it'll take much more than that: I'm a quick study, and I don't need to know much more than the basics), by cooking you dinner or something. Or else if you happen to be a professional I will pay your going rate.

Any takers?

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