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I plugged "anagram" into google and it asked "Do you mean 'nag a ram'?"
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This was a throwaway idea for a Whateley fanfic. Probably not possible even in that universe, but too silly not to go with. I decided to post it after [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith made a particular comment on someone's story.

Sandy was waiting for the last of the new batch of freshmen to show up so zie could take them on the tour. There was a zweet-boing noise from behind zir. Zie turned just in time for the human-sized roadrunner to startle zir with a loud "Meep! Meep!"

Zie was still boggling when the bird held up a sign with one wing. [Hi! I'm Velox.]

The sign flipped around and read [Is this the orientation tour for Twain?] Then it vanished.

"Uh, yeah. What's with the signs?"

[I can't talk anymore. Just make that sound.] flip [But I can manifest these signs] flip [Neat, huh?]

Sandy just shook zir head. Even for Whateley, Velox was a bit odd.

The last few freshmen showed up, and zie started the tour. After showing them the required places and things it came time for the usual "what's your power and how did you get it" talk.

Velox demonstrated his speed. The cloud of dust he raised was weird because it'd rained just that morning.

[Besides being fast, I'm either a reality warper...] flip [... or a probability warper.] flip [Weird stuff happens around me.]

[Don't EVER bring anything made by Acme near me!] flip [no way to tell what'll happen.] flip [but it won't be good for you.]

"What's with your code name?"

He held up a sign with a picture of a bird captioned [Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox)]

***
"So how'd you wind up like this?"

Apparently Velox got asked this a lot. He dug a paper from somewhere and handed it to the questioner. [Read it out loud, please.]

"Some friends had scored some weed, cheap. And we were having a party at my house since my folks were out of town. We were pretty stoned and I'd queued up all the Warner Brothers cartons on the player. We'd been watching Roadrunner cartoons for a couple hours when we all started feeling weird."

"I managed to call 911 before I passed out."

"Seems the guy who grew the weed had picked up some chemicals cheap. Fertilizer, pesticide, I forget what. They were cheap because they were some devisor stuff that didn't always work right."

"My friends just got sick. I turned into this."
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I'm reading a short story titled "Prep School", only when I glanced up at the open tabs after checking something else I misread it as "Perp School". Now *there'd* be an unusual story.

Which reminds me of an idea that came out of an IM conversation a few years back. I forget what exactly sparked the train of thought, but it may have been a combo of talking about alternate realities that had more reasonable attitudes about sex and other things, and some item about sex ed classes.

Anyway, what came out of it was the idea of a world where "sex worker" was not only legal, but there was a Voc Tech track for it in school. Sort of like shop and Home Ec.

Which lead to "How did you manage to get an F in Intro to Sex??!!"

Whether it's a parent or a fellow student that definitely is going to lead to some *odd* questions and discussions. :-)

And just think of the classes for that track. As well as just what might be *in* those classes. And then there are the electives...

slug fest?

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:28 am
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Came across a link to an interesting article while re-reading some old posts in other folks LJs (I'm cleaning up the old comment notifications, and read the original posts to get context)

Seems banana slugs are edible.

http://rickshawunschooling.blogspot.com/2007/10/wild-food-killing-our-own-meat.html

Another comment after the one with the link notes that you should keep them for several days and feed them on "safe" stuff to make sure they are purged of any toxins from eating things they can eat but humans can't.

even with that caution, it is tempting to go out to Forest Park to harvest some.. :-)

Oh yeah, several sorts of garden snails are edible as well. Though you have to isolate them for even longer because they may have picked up pestocides from other peoples gardens.
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while wading thru some old stuff in my LJ inbox (to clean it up) I ran across an old post where I stated that my Kevin Bacon number was 4. This was based on the Oracle of Bacon

That number was based on a local "celebrity known as Darklady. She had a 3, so, since I've known her for years, that gave me a 4.

Well, I decided to try a different approach. I've met Larry Niven several times, at cons and at book signings...
He's got a Bacon number of 2. So I've got a three.

If you *really* want to stretch things, Ricardo Montalban was a customer at a restaurant I was working at in 1974. He's got a bacon number of 1, so that'd give me a 2.

Moldy Oldy

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:14 pm
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Someone mentioned Benson in a post I was reading somewhere the other day. So I went digging.

At first I thought that show was a spinoff from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, but digging further got the right show, Soap.

So I added that to the rotation of what Fay and I watch when we've run out of current episodes of things.

It worked great too. Benson was being Benson within the first five minutes of the first episode. As I expected, Fay loved it.

We wound up watching a second episode, and I'd forgotten that Jodi Dallas (Billy Crystal's character) was not only gay, but trans (at least a crossdresser if not TS). Heck, they even refferred to him as a TS.

Considering that it was a 40 year old comedy program, they actually handled it well.
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My Doctor told me to start killing people. Well, not in those exact words. She said I have to reduce stress in my life. Which is pretty much the same thing.

"I'm sorry but I make it a point to never date outside my species..."
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From a story prompt:
A knight in shining armor outsmarts the dragon and climbs to the highest tower, only the princess locked away at the top of the tower is… a lesbian.

http://burningonyx.tumblr.com/post/157430020106/hraap-writing-prompt-s-a-knight-in-shining?og=1&fb_action_ids=1549554265072775&fb_action_types=tumblr-feed%3Areblog
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I was reading something and hit a passage where a character said that it was the *billionth* time they'd thought something.

I knew that was wrong, but wanted to check just how wrong. so I worked out how long a billion seconds would be.

That led to this...

1 second = 1 sec
1 kilosecond = 1000 sec = 1e3 sec = 16 min 40 sec
1 megasecond = 1,000,00 sec = 1e6 sec = ~11.6 days
1 gigasecond = 1,000,000,000 sec = 1e9 sec = ~ 31.7 years
1 terasecond = 1e12 sec = ~31,688.7 years
1 petasecond = 1e15 sec = ~ 32 million years = ~ 32 megayears
1 exasecond = 1e18 sec = ~ 32 billion years = ~32 gigayears = ~ twice the current age of the universe!
1 zettasecond = 1e21 sec = ~ 32 trillion years = ~ 32 terayears
1 yottasecond = 1e24 sec = ~ 32 quadrillion years = ~ 32 petayears
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When I ventured out to the store on Thursday I spotted this cozy little home:
A birdbath igloo?
More pics )
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A while back, I stumbled across my DVD of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. I thought [livejournal.com profile] fayanora might like it. So I copied it to the media server.

Last week, I finally remembered to show it to her. She definitely appreciated the silliness.

Now we've been watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it just so happened that the one we watched after the movie had the first appearance of Spkie.

Now there's a character in "a Funny Thing" who is incredibly self-centered, full of himself, and thinks he's the gods gift to women. The Captain who is buying the virgin slave if you've seen the movie.

So Spike pops up and we realize his character has *so* much in common with that of the Captain.

Hence the title of this post.

That out of the way, if you haven't ever seen A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, you should. It's *classic* comedy. With several masters of comedy in it.

Also, in spite of the slapstick and farce, it may come closer to daily life in Rome than most of the "Roman epic" films of the era did.
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Been going over some old British TV lately. Which led to a number of strange ideas.

Has UNIT or SHADO ever had to call on International Rescue for assistance?

Has either organization ever needed the aid of John Steed and his various companions?

What does SHADO think of the Doctor?

Is Lt. Harrington at SHADO's moonbase an ancestor of duchess Harrington?
(I really hope I someday get a chance to ask David Weber that one. :-)

And scariest of all...

Has the Doctor ever encountered Sapphire & Steel?
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https://t.co/W8Wvq1KgJi

I'm trying to picture someone doing this at Orycon.
Gandalf comes slinking onto the stage, poses, blows kisses to the judges...

Old movies

Sep. 5th, 2015 04:46 pm
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I recently got prompted to go looking for old movies.

It all started when [livejournal.com profile] fayanora made a tumblr post about polyamory that used a pic from the end of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

I'd seen that in the theatre and I wasn't impressed. We'd gone to see the other feature The Harrad Experiment.

So, I did some digging and found a copy of The Harrad Experiment. Fay and I watched it the other day. It was the first time I'd seen it since the theater showing. It actually held up fairly well. Kinda tame by modern standards. But Fay enjoyed it, especially the scene where the Casanova type tried making a move on the wife of the guy running things.

Anyway, I had been reminded of a few other old movies I wanted to track down. One of them was Nudist Colony of the Dead. I only knew of it because the theme song is a perennial favorite on the Dr. Demento show.

Well, luck was with me and I found it as well. Fay & I watched it last night. The opening sequence (the local Bible thumpers vs the residents of a nudist colony in court) was worth it all on its own. The movie is a musical and the songs are incredibly hokey. But fun.

Wonder of wonders, if you accept the premise (and allow for it being a comedy spoof of teen slasher movies) it even makes sense. Even the big reveal in the final scene. *Not* what we were expecting.

We thoroughly enjoyed it. I receommend it to anybodyy who wants so seriously *silly* horror, with a good dose of making fun of the nastier sort of fundamentalists.
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My allergies were acting up and I was using a kleenex to wipe my eyes. I flipped it around between eyes so as to not spread anything from one to the other.

And I thought "gotta avoid cross-contamination" (hey, I'd just read a scene in a fanfic involving forensics)

Then the punster in my mind flashed on "cross" contamination. Alll sort of silly weird mages. Like tiny crucifixes scattered across a vampire hangout, or huge Roman executioner cross with all sorts of "ick" on them or...

Too many possibilities, too little time.
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Seeing a lot of posts on social media from people whose reaction to the Supreme Court decision on 6/26/2015 is that they are going to move to Canada...

Apparently they aren't aware that same sex marriage has been legal in Canada for 10 years.

Also, if they think they can just immigrate to Canada with no problem, they'd better think again. There are some fairly strict rules...

If they try moving to the UK/British Isles, only Northern Ireland doesn't have marriage equality.

New Zealand? Nope. Legal there too.

Australia. Ok, the fight is still going on there.

So Only *two* English speaking countries left...

Eww

Jun. 24th, 2015 10:19 pm
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(*major* TMi...)

perils of being male-bodied
Read more... )
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It's that time of year to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it! Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.

Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.

1. What do you put in a toaster?
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2. Say 'silk ' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?
click for answer )

3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?
click for answer )

4. It's thirty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany). Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of 'no man's land' between East Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors? East Germany, West Germany, or no man's land'?
click for answer )

5. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London , 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swenson, two people get off and four get on. In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea , three people get off and five people get on. In Carmarthen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.
What was the name of the bus driver?
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Now pass this along to all your friends and pray they do better than you.
PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!!

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